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Chiefs stay unbeaten with strong showing at Houston

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October 9th, 2017 by Chris Parks

HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Smith threw for 324 yards and three touchdowns to help the Kansas City Chiefs remain undefeated with a 42-34 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday night in a game where J.J. Watt broke his left leg.

Deshaun Watson’s 48-yard touchdown pass got the Texans within six early in the fourth quarter before Smith extended the lead for Kansas City (5-0) to 32-20 on a 10-yard pass to De’Anthony Thomas with about 9 minutes left. Tyreek Hill padded the lead when he returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown.

Watson threw for 261 yards and five touchdowns, but the Texans (2-3) failed to recreate the magic they found last week when they scored a franchise-record 57 points in a victory over Tennessee.

Watt, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year, was injured in the first quarter and the team announced that he sustained a tibial plateau fracture, but didn’t provide any details on how long he’ll be out. The defensive end returned this season after missing the last 13 games last year after his second back surgery.

The Texans cut their deficit when Watson threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Fuller in the third quarter. But the 2-point conversion failed, leaving them down 23-13.

Kansas City’s Charcandrick West caught two touchdown passes and Travis Kelce had eight receptions for 98 yards in the first half, but didn’t return after halftime and the team said he was being evaluated for a concussion.

The Chiefs were up by six when Smith found West on an 8-yard touchdown pass to make it 13-0 in the second quarter. Houston rookie D’Onta Foreman fumbled two plays later to give Kansas City the ball right back and the Chiefs tacked on a field goal.

Foreman stepped out of one tackle before plowing over Marcus Peters as he tried to tackle him before two other Chiefs finally brought him down after a 25-yard gain that got Houston to the 10 on the Texans’ next drive. The Texans cut it to 16-7 when Watson found DeAndre Hopkins in the back of the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown pass with about two minutes left in the first half.

Smith then connected with West again, this time on a 4-yard TD pass to put the Chiefs up 23-7 at halftime.

The Chiefs led 3-0 early after a 35-yard field goal by Harrison Butker on their first drive. Watt was injured on the play before the field goal and fell to the ground while being blocked. Watt remained on his hands and knees for a couple of minutes while trainers checked on him.

They flipped him onto his back and were looking at his left leg. He was then helped to his feet and looked to be in a lot of pain and didn’t appear to be able to put any weight on the leg as he was helped off the field by two Texans officials. He remained on the sideline under a tent for a few minutes before being taken to the locker room on a cart and then taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Butker added another field goal early in the second quarter to make it 6-0.

Kansas City rookie Kareem Hunt had 29 carries for 107 yards to give him four 100-yard rushing games this season.

Hopkins had four receptions for 52 yards with three touchdowns after catching two late scoring passes when the game was out of reach.

INJURY REPORT

Chiefs’ safety Steven Terrell suffered a concussion on the opening kickoff. … Houston linebacker Whitney Mercilus injured his chest in the first quarter and didn’t return. … Houston safety Corey Moore suffered a concussion

UP NEXT

Chiefs: Host Steelers next Sunday.

Texans: Host Cleveland next Sunday.

Famed Iowa gold medalist stars in new TV show

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October 9th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa native Shawn Johnson is appearing on a T-V series that opens its second season tomorrow (Tuesday), combining outdoor adventure with venture capitalism. At just 24, Johnson has won Olympic gold as a gymnast, the mirrorball trophy on “Dancing with the Stars,” and her first book was a New York Times best seller. Her latest project is called “Adventure Capitalists.” “What the show entails is kind of like ‘Shark Tank’ meets the outdoors or ‘Survivor’ almost,” Johnson says. “It’s funny because it’s the same concept as ‘Shark Tank’ but when the person pitches us their product, we actually go test it outside, do crazy things with it and then offer and negotiate a deal.”

The products are typically some sort of rugged outdoor gear, ranging from mountain bikes to kayaks. “I thought it was a perfect combination of business and fun and adventure and risk,” Johnson says. “I’m an adrenaline junkie so it was drawing me in with all of that and I thought it’s the perfect fit for me.” While some may question the business credentials of a person her age, remember, Johnson starred on “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2015 when it was hosted by the man who’s now the president of the United States. “I started my career when I was 12 years old and I’ve kind of grown up in the business world, negotiating contracts and deals,” Johnson says. “It’s a little bit different from venture capital but I’ve learned a lot. My husband has worked in venture capital before as well, so it’s something I’ve understood and been a part of for a while.”

Johnson first rose to global fame in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide watched as the then-16-year-old from West Des Moines won four medals, including gold, on the balance beam. Earlier this year, she was inducted into the Gymnasts Hall of Fame for her years of achievements. “Gymnastics will always be a part of my life,” Johnson says. “Whether it’s coaching during the summer, I do a lot of camps and clinics and work on the technical side. I go to the huge competitions and I’ve been watching world championships lately live on YouTube and it’s part of who I am. I’ll always be involved.”

Johnson says much of her time is spent working in social and digital media, and running a YouTube channel with her pro football player husband. She and Andrew East maintain homes in Los Angeles and Nashville. Season Two of “Adventure Capitalists” debuts Tuesday at 9 PM/Central on CNBC.

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Midwest Sports Headlines: Monday, Oct. 9th 2017

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October 9th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Smith threw for 324 yards and three touchdowns to help the Kansas City Chiefs remain undefeated with a 42-34 victory over the Houston Texans. Houston star J.J. Watt broke his left leg in the first quarter.

HOUSTON (AP) — Rookie Kareem Hunt continues to pile up yards and help the Kansas City Chiefs keep winning. Hunt had 29 carries for 107 yards as the Chiefs remained undefeated with a 42-34 win over the Houston Texans. It was the fourth 100-yard rushing game for the third-round pick out of Toledo. He needs one more to tie Joe Delaney’s franchise rookie record of five set in 1981.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Kyle Kempt passed for 343 yards and three touchdowns, including a 25-yarder to Allen Lazard that put Iowa State ahead with 2:19 left and Joel Lanning made plays on offense and defense to lead the Cyclones to a stunning 38-31 victory over No. 3 Oklahoma. The loss snapped Oklahoma’s nation-leading 14-game winning streak and the Sooners’ 18-game run against the Cyclones that dated to 1990.

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal probe has illuminated a shady side of college basketball recruiting filled with bribes and kickbacks. Paying players has become standard operating procedure for some programs and the arrest of 10 people accused of influencing top recruits could change that. It’s a part of basketball the NCAA has failed to fully uncover for years.

High School Volleyball Tournament Scoreboard Saturday 10/07/2017

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October 8th, 2017 by Chris Parks

CAM Tournament

Blue Pool

  • CAM, Anita 21-18-15 Ar-We-Va 17-21-13
  • Ar-We-Va 21-21 Orient-Macksburg 8-9
  • Riverside 21-21 Ar-We-Va 18-17
  • CAM, Anita 21-21 Orient-Macksburg 6-13
  • Riverside 21-21 CAM, Anita 19-19
  • Riverside 21-21 Orient-Macksburg 12-5

Silver Pool

  • ACGC 21-19-15 Paton-Churdan 11-21-7
  • ACGC 21-21, Panorama 14-19
  • Panorama 15-21-15 Paton-Churdan 21-18-12

Semifinals

  • ACGC 25-25 CAM, Anita 12-9
  • Riverside 26-25 Panorama 24-19

Championship

  • ACGC 25-25 Riverside 21-23

Wayne Tournament

Pool 1

  • Southeast Warren 21-21 Melcher-Dallas 6-13
  • Wayne 21-21 Melcher-Dallas 8-15
  • Southeast Warren 21-21 Wayne 15-12

Pool 2

  • Essex 21-21 Mormon Trail 14-13
  • Essex 21-21 Seymour 18-18
  • Seymour 21-21 Mormon Trail 5-9

Bracket Play

  • 5th Place: Mormon Trail 21-21 Melcher-Dallas 9-17
  • Semifinal: Essex 25-25 Wayne 12-14
  • Semifinal: Southeast Warren 27-26 Seymour 25-24
  • 3rd Place: Seymour 25-25 Wayne 16-15
  • Championship: Essex 25-25-18-25 Southeast Warren 23-15-25-19

Hampton-Dumont Tournament

  • Kuemper Catholic 21-21 Denver 4-14
  • Kuemper Catholic 21-21 Hampton-Dumont 7-11
  • Kuemper Catholic 21-21 Roland-Story 11-18

Championship Bracket

  • Quarterfinal: Kuemper Catholic 21-21 Nashua-Plainfield 10-6
  • Semifinal: Kuemper Catholic 21-21 Independence 11-18
  • Championship: Kuemper Catholic 25-27-15 Janesville 19-29-7

Western Christian Tournament

Pool A

  • Harlan 21-21 LeMars 10-9
  • Bishop Heelan 21-21 Harlan 16-14
  • Western Christian 21-21 Harlan 13-16
  • Harlan 21-15-15 Bondurant-Farrar 16-21-10
  • Bishop Heelan Western Christian
  • Bishop Heelan 21-21 Bondurant-Farrar 15-19

Pool B

  • Sergeant Bluff-Luton 21-21 Sioux City East 10-16
  • Sergeant Bluff-Luton 21-21 Unity Christian 16-14
  • Sergeant Bluff-Luton 21-21 Sioux Falls O’Gorman 15-13
  • Sergeant Bluff-Luton 21-21 MOC-Floyd Valley 14-15
  • Unity Christian 21-21 Sioux City East 16-14
  • MOC-Floyd Valley 21-21 Sioux City East 13-10

Championship Bracket

  • Semifinal: Sergeant Bluff-Luton 19-21-15 Bishop Heelan 21-18-11
  • Championship: Western Christian def. Sergeant Bluff-Luton
  • Consolation: Harlan 21-22 MOC-Floyd Valley 15-20

Indianola Tournament

Gold Pool

  • Clarinda 21-21 Nodaway Valley 3-7
  • Clarinda 21-21 Indianola 16-18
  • Williamsburg 21-21-15 Clarinda 14-23-13
  • Indianola 21-21 Nodaway Valley 7-7
  • Indianola 21-21 Williamsburg 16-15

Purple Pool

  • Sidney 21-21 Coon Rapids-Bayard 13-7
  • Sidney 21-24-15 Creston 17-26-9
  • Ballard 21-23 Sidney 15-21
  • Creston 21-21 Coon Rapids-Bayard 14-9
  • Ballard 21-21 Coon Rapids-Bayard 13-11
  • Ballard 21-21 Creston 11-17

Consolation/Championship Bracket

  • 7th Place: Coon Rapids-Bayard 25-14-15 Nodaway Valley 20-25-10
  • 5th Place; Creston 25-25 Williamsburg 19-23
  • Semifinal: Clarinda 25-25 Sidney 21-21
  • Consolation: Sidney 25-25 Ballard 18-13
  • Championship: Indianola 25-26 Clarinda 23-24

Midwest Sports Headlines: 10/8/17

Sports

October 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Kyle Kempt passed for 343 yards and three touchdowns, including a 25-yarder to Allen Lazard that put Iowa State ahead with 2:19 left and Joel Lanning made plays on offense and defense to lead the Cyclones to a stunning 38-31 victory over No. 3 Oklahoma. The loss snapped Oklahoma’s nation-leading 14-game winning streak and the Sooners’ 18-game run against the Cyclones that dated to 1990.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Freshman Jonathan Taylor rushed for a season-high 249 yards and two touchdowns to lead a punishing ground game that helped ninth-ranked Wisconsin wear down Nebraska in the second half of a 38-17 win. The Badgers beat the Huskers for the fifth straight time and took sole possession of first place in the Big Ten West. Devine Ozigbo ran for 112 yards for Nebraska.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Nate Stanley threw for 247 yards and three TDs and Iowa rolled past Illinois 45-16, snapping a two-game losing streak. Safety Brandon Snyder added an 89-yard interception return for a score in his first game back from a knee injury for the Hawkeyes who outscored Illinois 28-3 in the second half. Snyder’s pick-six came with 6:40 left in the third quarter and made it 24-16 Iowa.

 

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Sean McGuire threw three touchdowns including the game-winner in the final seconds as Western Illinois beat Northern Iowa 38-29. The Leathernecks (4-1, 1-1 Missouri Valley Conference) trailed 29-25 with six seconds to play when McGuire hit Jaelon Acklin at the goal line for a 20-yard touchdown and a 31-29 lead. Michael Bishoff recovered a NIU fumble on the ensuing kickoff and took it 20 yards for another Leathernecks’ touchdown for the final score as time expired.

Area Volleyball Scores from Sat., 10/7/17

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October 8th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

(2-1) ACGC 21-19-15, Paton-Churdan 11-21-7
(2-0) ACGC 25-25, Riverside, Oakland 20-23
(2-0) Ballard 21-21, Coon Rapids-Bayard 13-11
(2-0) Ballard 21-23, Sidney 15-21
(2-1) Coon Rapids-Bayard 25-14-15, Nodaway Valley 20-25-10
(2-0) Creston 21-21, Coon Rapids-Bayard 14-8
(2-0) Earlham 21-21, Murray 15-11
(2-0) Essex 21-21, Mormon Trail, Garden Grove 14-13
(2-0) Essex 21-21, Seymour 18-18
(2-0) Essex 25-25, Wayne 12-14
(3-1) Essex 25-25-18-25, Southeast Warren, Liberty Center 23-15-25-19
(2-1) Harlan 21-15-15, Bondurant-Farrar 16-21-10
(2-0) Harlan 21-21, LeMars 10-9
(2-0) Harlan 21-22, MOC-Floyd Valley 15-20
(2-0) Indianola 21-21, Nodaway Valley 7-7
(2-0) Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 21-21, Denver 4-14
(2-0) Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 21-21, Hampton-Dumont 7-11
(2-0) Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 21-21, Independence 11-18
(2-0) Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 21-21, Nashua-Plainfield 10-6
(2-0) Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 21-21, Roland-Story 11-18
(2-1) Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 25-27-15, Janesville 19-29-7
(2-1) Panorama 15-21-15, Paton-Churdan 21-18-12
(2-0) Riverside, Oakland 21-21, AR-WE-VA, Westside 18-17
(2-0) Riverside, Oakland 21-21, CAM, Anita 19-19
(2-0) Riverside, Oakland 21-21, Orient-Macksburg 12-5
(2-0) Riverside, Oakland 26-25, Panorama 24-19
(2-0) Sidney 21-21, Coon Rapids-Bayard 13-11
(2-1) Sidney 21-24-15, Creston 17-26-9
(2-0) Sidney 25-25, Ballard 18-13
(2-0) Van Meter 21-21, Earlham 14-13
(2-0) Western Christian 21-21, Harlan 13-16

Saturday’s Area High School Football Scores

Sports

October 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

  • A-H-S-T-W 54, OA-BCIG 14
  • Carroll 26, Denison-Schleswig 21
  • Lewis Central 33, Ankeny 10

Dayton grabs 4 interceptions, holds off Drake 20-10

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October 7th, 2017 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Alex Jeske had two touchdowns while the Dayton defense hauled in four interceptions, forced a fumble and blocked a field goal to help the Flyers to a 20-10 win over Drake on Saturday. Tied 3-3 at the half, Dayton (2-4, 1-2 Pioneer Football League) broke away with the opening drive of the third quarter when Jeske ran in the go-ahead touchdown from the 7, capping a 75-yard drive that included a 42-yard catch by Matt Tunnacliffe. Later, Nick Surges intercepted a pass by Drake’s Grant Kraemer, setting up Jeske’s 29-yard touchdown throw to Ryan Skibinski to make it 17-3 with 1:43 left in the third.

Allen Waltz, who had a 25-yard field goal in the first, closed out the scoring with another short field goal with 5:10 to go. Drake’s final three possessions ended with a turnover-on-downs and two interceptions. Jeske finished 12 of 22 for 197 yards and Tucker Yinger had 101 yards with 24 carries. Tim Simon had two interceptions for Dayton, and Andrew Lutgens and Surges each finished with one. Drake (3-3, 2-1) got a field goal from Danny Donley in the first but his 21-yard attempt in the second quarter was blocked by Reagan Malas. Kraemer finished 12 of 40 for 188 yards for Drake and ran in a TD from the 1.

Stanley, Hawkeyes roll past Illinois 45-16

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October 7th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Nate Stanley threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns and Iowa rolled past Illinois 45-16 on Saturday, snapping a two-game losing streak. Safety Brandon Snyder added an 89-yard interception return for a score in his first game back from a knee injury for the Hawkeyes (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten), who outscored Illinois (2-3, 0-2) 28-3 in the second half.

Illinois entered play with the Big Ten’s worst rushing attack, but the Fighting Illini carved up Iowa’s front for 200 yards on the ground. Iowa’s defense once again stiffened after some halftime adjustments though, and its offense finally found life in the second half. The Hawkeyes also looked like they could really use the upcoming bye week.

Iowa is off next week. The Hawkeyes play at Northwestern on Oct. 21.